#ACTNOW to manage stress.
Stress Awareness Month has been held every April globally for over 30 years and with this year’s theme #ACTNOW The Stress Management Society is empowering and inspiring people into action against stress. Join their 30 Day Challenge and pick one action each for your Physical, Mental and Emotional Wellbeing to carry out every day. From breathing exercises, trying a new recipe, doing some stretching, planting flowers in your garden to having a cuppa with your friend - there are plenty of stress busters to choose from! This challenge will maximise your chances of turning useful knowledge and techniques into positive behavioural change.
Below you can also find some useful guides, toolkits, and websites where you can get advice on dealing with stress:
Taking you from Distress to De-Stress - Stress Management Society
Address Your Stress - MHFA England
How to manage and reduce stress - Mental Health Foundation
Stress - Mind
Dealing with stress - NHS
“An estimated 17 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression, or anxiety in 2021/22. This is over half of all working days lost due to work-related ill health.” - HSE
Stress is a significant problem for many employers, as it can lead to various issues such as increased absenteeism and presenteeism, indecisiveness and poor judgement, decrease in work standards and productivity, loss of motivation, as well as arguments and disputes with colleagues. Therefore, it is important to recognise the symptoms of stress amongst employees and provide them with appropriate help. We would like to share few resources that will give you some tips on coping with stress and supporting colleagues.
Below are a few resources that will provide you with some advice on managing stress at work and supporting your colleagues:
Managing stress and building resilience in the workplace - Mental Health UK
Stress in the workplace - CIPD
"Stress and poor mental health is the number one cause of work-related ill health. The effects of stress, depression, and anxiety can have a significant impact on an employee’s life and on their ability to perform their best at work" - Sarah Albon, HSE’s Chief Executive
We can also help you adopt a range of measures in order to support your employees suffering from stress or experiencing mental health issues:
Counselling aims to provide support and help with various issues that employees may be facing. All counsellors that we work with are registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and a wide range of topics can be addressed during counselling sessions. We can provide both telephone and face to face counselling, as well as critical incident support counselling.
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMME (EAP)
EAP offers various wellbeing services, such as online health portal, 24/7 counselling, legal and information line. It is intended to help employees who are experiencing both work and non-work related issues that can have a negative impact on their health and mental wellbeing.
MENTAL HEALTH WEBINARS & WORKSHOPS
'Dealing with high pressure situations' and 'Dealing with pressure' webinars could help your staff identify and develop a personal strategy to build mental resilience for stressful situations. Also, 'Developing Team's resilience and mental health' webinar can help line managers and leaders support their staff to build their resilience to pressure.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID (MHFA) COURSES
The MHFA courses are designed to benefit employees, line managers, HR professionals and senior leaders. The courses help people recognise the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide support on a first aid basis. Employees are taught a set of practical skills which will enable them to support someone experiencing mental health issues.
Get in touch with us to find out more!